Hurricane Harvey NSF RAPID offshore cruise 1

Using support from an NSF RAPID grant, we went on the R/V Point Sur to measure water properties outside of Galveston Bay. This was a coordinated effort with others in my department: one cruise went out the week before, we met them at the dock and switched personnel, and then after us another cruise went out. We used an ADCP to measure the vertical structure of the horizontal currents, an Acrobat to measure several properties (e.g. oxygen, temperature, salinity) through the water column behind the ship as we moved, and the ship's rosette to measure properties in the water column. We were especially focused on the freshwater plume that exits Galveston Bay on ebb tide, so we stayed fairly close to shore.

R/V Point Sur:

Student training by Dr. Steve DiMarco:

Bringing in the Acrobat:

12 hour shifts in the middle of the night are hard:

Group pictures!